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What Is A Compassionate Allowance?

  • By: Tony Adderley
  • Published: May 30, 2015
What Is A Compassionate Allowance?

Most of the disabled persons who apply for Social Security disability benefits have to wait a long time – sometimes a year or two – before they receive their first benefit payment. However, certain severe and easy-to-prove conditions are now eligible for expedited approval through the Social Security Administration’s “Compassionate Allowance” program. If you live in southern California, learn more about disability benefits and get the help you need to receive payments by speaking promptly with an experienced California Social Security disability attorney based in Los Angeles. The Compassionate Allowance program gives the Social Security Administration the ability to find the most severely disabled applicants and grant their benefits as quickly as possible. Almost 200,000 people with serious disabilities have been granted benefits through this fast-track program.

If you suffer from a condition designated for Compassionate Allowance, Social Security can approve your benefits rapidly after you apply – sometimes within two weeks. Among the conditions that qualify for Compassionate Allowance are most cancers, ALS, some types of muscular dystrophy and muscular atrophy, and early-onset Alzheimer’s. For conditions such as esophageal cancer or ALS, a diagnosis with supporting evidence is enough to qualify for a Compassionate Allowance. Other conditions must be severe; malignant melanoma, for instance, qualifies for a Compassionate Allowance only if it has metastasized. Not all serious or potentially fatal conditions are on the list for Compassionate Allowance.

Even when you qualify for a Compassionate Allowance, proving your case to the Social Security Administration can sometimes be challenging. A good disability lawyer will help you prove your disability and the extent to which it keeps you from working. If you are disabled in southern California, don’t wait to apply for benefits that are rightfully yours; speak to an experienced California Social Security disability attorney based in Los Angeles as quickly as possible.

About the Author Tony Adderley has been working as a professional advocate for
individuals entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) and worker’s
compensation benefits for more than 20 years.